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Brewed by Hopfenstark
Style: Saison
LíAssomption, Canada
Serve in Tulip

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RATINGS: 119   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.63   EST. CALORIES: 114   ABV: 3.8%
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Itís not a smoke beer. Itís not a tart Berliner Weisse. Itís maybe a weird saison. BerlinerRauchSaison. Yes! Low gravity beer with good presence of wheat. A small layer of smoke malt disappears after a few sips. And light tartness and spice from the Saison yeast. Refreshing and flavourful at the same time.


4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ernest (6031) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - DEC 22, 2013
Bottle. Head is initially average sized, frothy, white, mostly diminishing. Body is hazy medium yellow, bottle conditioned. Aroma is lightly malty (toasted grain, sourdough bread), lightly hoppy (herbs, flowers), lightly yeasty (barnyard, cobwebs), with notes of smoke, lemon zest, apple skins, minerals. Flavor is moderately sweet, lightly to moderately acidic, lightly bitter. Finish is lightly sweet, lightly to moderately acidic, lightly to moderately bitter. Medium body, velvety texture, lively carbonation. A surprisingly enjoyable beer, even though it sounds like an utter train wreck. Had it not been Hopfenstark, I might have scrolled past this admittedly far overpriced beer (as all their other beers are, one-time purchases, but thankfully virtually all Iíve tried so far have been enjoyable...if they were priced more sensibly/realistically, I would certainly buy this and the Station 16 again). Thankfully the "Berliner" aspect is the least prominent of the three suggested styles, but itís still got a healthy lacto bite. The smoke is pretty assertive, more so than expected, and pleasant. But most importantly, it has the balance (aromatically and flavor-wise), low alcohol, and refreshing drinkability a "true" saison should have. Heck, itís rustic and minerally even. It serves both the "mindless quaffing" mood as well as providing enough complexity for contemplation. Not many brewers could produce something like this. The name is apt for such a singularly interesting beer. But come on, guys...$15 for 25oz of 3.8% beer, smoked of not...thatís where the joy of this review ends. Itís good, sure, but it ainít THAT good. Cut that stupid price to $5 or $6 and I would buy a case (or two) of this.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DocLock (7482) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 6, 2013
Bottle from Whole Foods. Poured hazy golden with off-white lacy head. Nose was pale malt, hopcitrus, tart fruit, smoke. Tasted pale malty, with yeasty hopcitric fruit, smoked peaty malt, and a complex finish. This one was extremely complex and belied its 3.8% ABV. Finished rauchy, tart, hopcitric, yeasty, and damned delicious.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
argo0 (11181) - Washington DC, USA - NOV 24, 2013
75cl bottle. Lightly hazed apple juice body topped by small white head. Aroma is medium sweet, lacto lemon, light smoke. Taste is medium sweet, lemon, some smoked wood/meat. Light body, some effervescence.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
kramer (4686) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 16, 2013
Bottle. Pours a mostly clear yellow gold body with a fizzy thin white head that faded pretty quickly to a thin covering. The nose is pretty interesting, more of a funky Saison than anything, light smoke, some wheat, light yeastiness. Thereís a slight note under there that almost smells like vanilla a little bit to me. The flavor is pretty interesting as well, a lot of layers to it, yet itís still light and easy drinking. A little light smokiness grabs you first along with a light sour wheat note. Reminds me a bit of the one or two Grodziskie beers Iíve tried. Light Saison yeast funkiness under the smoke, a nice light tartness that keeps it lively. Very refreshing and super easy drinking. Nice lively carbonation level. Wish there were a lot more beers like this out there. Lots of flavor, really refreshing, and super low in alcohol. Great.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
merc7186 (1737) - North Tonawanda, New York, USA - NOV 15, 2013
A: Golden Straw Hue, Passes Lots of Light, White Head Ring, Mild Lacing S: Pepperidge Farm Summer Sausage, Mild Smoke T: Smoke, Sausage M: Average Carbonation, Light to Medium Bodied, Mildly Smokey Overall, didnt really get the berliner or even the saison, but definitely if you liked smoked sausage, then youll love this.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ernesto987 (3358) - Connecticut, USA - OCT 31, 2013
Draft at brewery, this is fucking awesome, smokey, meaty, tart, diZy, and extremely refreshing, one of the best in montreal

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
GT2 (7875) - Carlsbad, California, USA - OCT 27, 2013
750mL shared at Woodshop 8. Pours a low haze golden with medium carbonation, spotty lacing. Nose is excellent smoke, sort of Lichtenhainer style with Berliner weisse flashes of acid. Taste though is not tart at all with some bitterness, paper, not a lot of substance.

3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
BVery (5616) - Burnsville, Minnesota, USA - OCT 5, 2013
Sampled from a bottle at Where the Wild Beers Are. Hazy yellow pour, slightly funky, and a bit watery. Just okay for me.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
queenholly (2612) - South Whitley, Indiana, USA - SEP 22, 2013
Bottle. Malty wood smoke aroma. Cloudy gold with a small white head. Smoky wheat malt and light horseblanket flavor. Medium body, soft carbonation. Wow! Just wow.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Travlr (9999) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - SEP 18, 2013
Bottle. Cloudy yellow color, white head. Aroma of barnyard funk, salt, earth, lemon, hay. Taste is funky, peppery citrus, straw. Delicious.


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